Cyber bullying prevention: Nova Scotia sets the precedent for rest of the country

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Cyber_bullyingHalifax: A judge in Nova Scotia imposed a cyber bullying prevention order on a man accused of using Facebook to threaten the chief of a native band. This is first case under the new Nova Scotia law aimed at stopping online harassment.

Andrea Paul, chief of Pictou Landing First Nation, complained in court documents that local resident Christopher George Prosper had used the social networking site to post abusive, obscene and defamatory comments about her and her family.

The province’s Cyber-safety Act defines cyber bullying as any electronic communication “that is intended or ought reasonably be expected to cause fear, intimidation, humiliation, distress or other damage or harm to another person’s health, emotional well-being, self-esteem or reputation.”

Prosper has been asked to remove all messages deemed to be cyber bullying, refrain from contacting Paul and stop cyber bullying. Prosper was also ordered to pay $750 in court costs.